PARIS (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain’s (PSG) trip to Rennes tomorrow is set to be the first time their superstar front three of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have all played together since the World Cup.
Mbappe returned to training on Thursday having been given 10 days off after coming back from Qatar and playing in PSG’s first two games following the tournament.
He jetted off to New York for a break and was nowhere to be seen as Messi made his comeback, and scored, in a 2-0 victory for the Ligue 1 leaders against Angers on Wednesday.
Galtier described the 35-year-old Messi as “relaxed and in great shape physically” after his first match since captaining Argentina to a penalty shoot-out victory over Mbappe’s France in an epic World Cup final last month.
PSG are keen to extend his contract in the French capital into a third season and Messi’s biggest goal now will be to win the Champions League for the first time since 2015.
Fuelled by losing the World Cup final despite scoring a hat-trick, 2018 world champion Mbappe will be desperate to get his hands on the Champions League trophy for the first time.
Neymar, meanwhile, appears a little like the odd man out – he left the World Cup in tears as Brazil lost on penalties in the quarter-finals, aware his chance of winning that trophy may have gone forever.
Galtier insists they still need time to get back up to speed.
“We are all just getting used to playing together again and you could see at times that we lacked some of the connections between the players that we had more often before the World Cup,” he said after the midweek game.